August 10, 2022

Every week on from the Lionesses’ landmark day within the capital, England’s second metropolis is about to stage a second seminal Sunday for ladies’s sport.

Birmingham 2022 organisers had a house crew hat-trick firmly in thoughts after they scheduled the ladies’s hockey, cricket and netball finals one after one other on the penultimate afternoon of motion.

And so they might be about to get the day they dreamed of, with England nonetheless in competition to contest all of Sunday’s Commonwealth Video games gold medal matches.


The ladies’s hockey crew made it into the ultimate with a dramatic shootout win over New Zealand on Friday evening. The cricketers face India in Saturday morning’s semi-final at Edgbaston. Then the netballers tackle Australia at a sold-out NEC Area in a last-four rematch of their well-known 2018 last.

‘One thing like that is good for ladies’s sport,’ mentioned England and Warwickshire wicketkeeper Amy Jones, who grew up in Sutton Coldfield, simply half-hour north of Edgbaston.

‘Off the again of what the Lionesses achieved, there’s a actual starvation for ladies’s sport in the meanwhile. Watching the Lionesses, it does convey further delight to being a feminine English athlete. It undoubtedly lifted us and we’d like to expertise the identical.

‘We’re actually eager to hold on that momentum and hold the highlight on girls’s sport. If it evokes ladies to play sport or comply with England’s girls’s groups, that might be an enormous success.’

After all, all of those girls’s groups have loved their second within the highlight earlier than. In 2016, 9.7milllion individuals tuned in to observe Workforce GB’s hockey heroes win Olympic gold in Rio on penalties in opposition to the Netherlands.

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A 12 months later, England beat India by 9 runs to win the Ladies’s Cricket World Cup at a sold-out Lord’s. Then, on the 2018 Commonwealth Video games on the Gold Coast, the netballers’ last-gasp win in opposition to all-conquering Australia noticed them topped Workforce of the Yr on the BBC Sports activities Persona of the Yr awards.

‘Being within the stands at Lord’s that day, it was an unbelievable event,’ mentioned Jones, who simply missed out on the 2017 squad. ‘It is a very related feeling with having that many individuals coming to Edgbaston. The ambiance has been wonderful in each recreation to this point and we’re simply attempting to soak all of it up.

‘The purpose coming into the match was to win gold. We now have an enormous problem in India, however ought to we get the chance to stroll out in a gold medal match at Edgbaston, it is going to be a very big day.

‘We really feel like we will tackle anybody. Being the primary crew to win gold can be unbelievable. We now have received all of the motivation we’d like.’

As do England’s netballers. The Roses gained all of their group video games to arrange their showdown with rivals Australia, who got here second of their pool after a shock defeat to Jamaica on Thursday.

‘How bloody thrilling,’ mentioned veteran goalkeeper Geva Mentor forward of their semi. ‘If we will do the job on Australia and Jamaica can beat New Zealand, it could be a last we’ve by no means seen earlier than. That’s so refreshing and thrilling for netball.’

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As for the hockey gamers, they face Australia within the last on the College of Birmingham with an opportunity to win Commonwealth Video games gold for the very first time.

‘We’ve received another recreation and we may make historical past,’ mentioned semi-final shootout scorer Izzy Petter. ‘We would like it so badly. It’s a as soon as in a lifetime alternative.’